Alice in Quantum Wonderland

Shohini Ghose speaks at Smithsonian magazine's 2015 Future Is Here Festival (15:12)

Dr. Shohini Ghose is an Associate Professor of Physics and Computer Science and Director of the Centre for Women in Science at Wilfrid Laurier University, and an affiliate of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. She is an award-winning quantum physicist who studies how the laws of quantum physics can be harnessed to transform computation and communication, and to develop novel tasks such as teleportation. She and her research collaborators made the first ever movies of individual atoms, showing evidence of the connection between chaos theory and quantum physics. Her work has received worldwide media attention, and she was recently awarded a prestigious Sera Bangali Prize for her contributions to science (past winners have included Nobel Laureate, M. Yunus and President of India, Pranab Mukherjee). In 2014, she was selected as a TED Fellow and spoke about her work at the annual TED conference in Vancouver. She was named Woman Physicist of the Month in April 2014 by the American Physical Society, the world’s largest society for physicists. She was also selected as a 2014 Gifted Citizen from over 1300 applicants representing 63 countries. In October 2014, she received a Mahatma Gandhi Global Achievers award from Baroness Sandip Verma (UK Minister of Energy and Climate Change) and the NRI Welfare Society at the House of Lords in London. Dr. Ghose has taught physics to over 2000 students and has co-authored Canada’s first introductory astronomy textbook. She recently won a Women of Waterloo (WOW) region award for Education. Ghose is Chair of the national Committee to Encourage Women in Physics of the Canadian Association of Physicists. She serves on the Women in Physics Working Group of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics, and she chaired the 2014 International Conference on Women in Physics, which was held in North America for the first time. She is an affiliate of the Institute for Quantum Computing, and a Fellow of the Balsillie School of International Affairs, Waterloo.